Annual Appeal Supporting Diocese of Rockford Begins
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 27, 2023
DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD—As the nationwide Eucharistic Revival continues, this year’s annual Diocesan Appeal bears the theme: “Know Him. See Him.” with the additional note: “Have Faith in Me.”
 
The picture of a monstrance and Eucharist for this year’s theme is a reminder of Jesus’ presence in every church at every Mass. This core truth of the Catholic faith unites us with one another throughout the Rockford Diocese as well as with the universal Church around the world.
 
Being one diocesan community in faith is real, calling us to action. Just as parishioners support their local parish, so too does the diocese itself rely on the support of the diocesan-wide Catholic community.
 
Services provided by the Diocese of Rockford are outlined on pages A7, A8, A9 and A10. This year, information shows the percentage of donations that each of three main areas receive.
 
The formation and support of clergy (16%) who serve the diocese includes all things priestly from seminary tuition to support of elderly priests as well as costs associated with the permanent diaconate.
Twenty-one percent assists the poor and vulnerable through the diocesan office of Catholic Charities, the Life and Family Evangelization Office and St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center.
 
Finally, responding to Jesus’ call to “Go and make disciples,” 63% assists in passing on the faith. This category involves several offices including the diocesan Education Office, Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, Office of Divine Worship, Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Hispanic and regional ministries, and more.
 
Other support services provided by the diocese include accounting, ethics, research and planning, the diocesan tribunal, and the Office of the Bishop (think of all those confirmations!).
 
Speaking of the bishop, Bishop David Malloy reflects on the “so many opportunities to know and see” Jesus in his appeal letter. 
 
“When we build our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer,” he says, “we simultaneously build our relationship with the Father and the Holy 
 
Spirit — and in knowing the Trinity better, we can better let God love us. When we let that love and grace move into our souls, we are more well equipped to share God’s love with others,” Bishop Malloy writes.  
 
“Your donation to our 2023 Diocesan Appeal supports our diocesan ministries and our parishes in carrying out the mission of the Church and sharing God’s love with others.”
 
For more information, contact the Office of Charitable Giving at 815-399-4300 or email: charitablegiving@rockforddiocese.org.  Online giving is available at rockforddiocese/donate.
 
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